Theropod facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsTheropods
|Mounted skeleton of Coelophysis bauri, Cleveland Museum of Natural History|
Theropods first appear in the earliest part of the Upper Triassic about 230 million years ago. They were the sole large terrestrial carnivores from the Lower Jurassic until the close of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago.
The earliest and most primitive of the theropod dinosaurs were:
- the carnivorous Eodromaeus
- the herrerasaurids of Argentina. They had a mosaic of primitive and advanced features.
- the omnivorous Eoraptor
Images for kids
Fossil of an Anchiornis, showing large preserved feather imprints
Othniel Charles Marsh, who coined the name Theropoda. Photo c. 1870
Allosaurus was one of the first dinosaurs classified as a theropod.
Ceratosaurus, a ceratosaurid
Passer domesticus, an avian, and the world's most widespread extant wild theropod.
Theropod Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.